Dazzle Posted August 17, 2015 Share Posted August 17, 2015 Perhaps a person with an Aboriginal background and/or knowledge can provide context to this, but this, to me, is unacceptable, given the disproportionate amount of Aboriginals under the poverty line and/or have access to limited education. This seems like blatant corruption. They are supposed to be community-based and therefore, should not have a heirarchy of disproportionate pay. It would be fine if the First Nations people in BC weren't struggling, but they are. I believe that they want their own education system and they want their own police force - both of which are fair points, but how are we to be sure that they can PROPERLY account for their own people? Their community-based system makes it easy for this to be an oligarchy. http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/first-nation-chief%E2%80%99s-salary-tops-dollar200000/ar-BBlNzNU?ocid=mailsignoutmd The Gwawaenuk paid its chief more than $200,000 in the 2014-15 fiscal year, the second exorbitant compensation to be revealed in the past week for a chief of a tiny B.C. First Nation. A review by The Vancouver Sun of financial disclosures — which must be filed to the federal government by 184 First Nations in B.C. — shows Charlie Williams was the second-highest paid chief in the province. More than 15 other chiefs and councillors had pay in the $100,000-range. The Gwawaenuk First Nation, which has only 39 members according to the federal government, paid chief Charlie Williams total remuneration of $211,090 in the latest fiscal year, which ended on March 31. Williams had expenses of $1,820. Williams, reached Sunday, disputed the pay figure, saying he doesn’t make that much money through the band and noting he makes some money in forestry. He said his pay as chief was only in the $20,000 range, and referred The Sun to the documents on the federal government website, which show his total pay at $211,090. “I don’t believe I have to explain to you what I do outside my band activities. It’s not all band stuff,” said Williams. Under the federal law introduced by the Conservative government, First Nations must file audited financial statements and list remuneration for chiefs and councillors. That remuneration must include any salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, fees, honoraria and dividends and other monetary benefits, other than reimbursement for expenses. The tiny First Nation has a mail address in Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, but its reserve is on Watson Island off the central mainland coast. There is no road access to the reserve community, where 17 people live, according to the federal government. The chief was the only paid council member listed in financial disclosure documents. In the previous fiscal year, Williams made much less, $33,225. When the Gwawaenuk chief’s tax-free status is factored in for his pay in 2014-15, it makes Williams one of the highest paid politicians in Canada. It would take more than $300,000 off-reserve to generate after-tax take-home pay of $211,000. Prime Minister Stephen Harper earns $327,400 plus a $2,000-a-year car allowance. B.C. Premier Christy Clark has a $193,532 annual salary. The Gwawaenuk had revenues of $1.62 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year from two main sources: timber harvesting revenue ($1.25 million) and the federal government’s aboriginal affairs department ($363,482). The Gwawaenuk’s biggest expenses included economic development and maintenance ($723,993) and administration ($109,855). In the 2014-15 fiscal year it had an operating surplus of $710,599. The year before, the Gwawaenuk’s revenues were much less, $246,022, and it ran a deficit of $57,059. Last week, The Sun revealed that the 90-member Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey paid salaries to its chief and one of its councillors totalling nearly $460,000 in the 2013-14 fiscal year. Chief councillor Willard Cook was paid $267,309 in fiscal 2013-14 and councillor Joanne Charles received $187,138. Charles also had expenses of $13,618 and Cook expenses of $420. Semiahmoo members reacted in shock when they learned of the salaries. The Sun’s review shows that other chiefs who were top wage earners in British Columbia include Cheslatta Carrier Nation chief Richard Peters, who collected remuneration of $166,169 in 2014-15, a 35 per cent increase from the year before. The pay included loan advances of $24,650, honoraria of $45,774 and salary and wages of $95,745, according to the financial documents filed with the federal government. Peters also had expenses of $34,527. The north-central B.C. First Nation, with a population of 332, generated 43 per cent of its $5.1-million revenue from logging and contracting. Another 16 per cent of its income came from the federal government’s aboriginal affairs department. Also on the list of top wage earners is Osoyoos Indian Band chief Clarence Louie, known as one of B.C.’s most entrepreneurial chiefs. He collected pay of $143,659 in the 2014-15 fiscal year. The Osoyoos band had revenues of $12.46 million, of which 76 per cent was self-generated through various businesses operations. email@example.com Click here to report a typo or visit vancouversun.com/typo. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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